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Old February 15th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dick Dale Strings and Tuning

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I've found a couple sources stating that Dick Dale used somewhere in the midst of 18-58 size strings and another stating that it might be tuned down an entire octave (or Step, octave doesn't really make sense in guitar tuning does it?).

Do those have to be custom assembled string sets?

About the tuning... There is a lot less info around in that department.

Check out this pic:
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Is that an alternate tuning on his pickguard? Well, for 5 of the strings any way.

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Huh. Wacky. It certainly looks like an alternate tuning, or else he's trying to remember a very short melody from some song.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah Dick Dale uses Dean Markley Strings.
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Where is a good place to buy single strings?
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I've heard several times that he uses 13-56 strings & as far as I know, standard tuning.

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Just Strings

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13-56 is probably close enough, especially for a more of Dick Dale wanna-be like my self rather than a true rapid fire tremolo picker. I have big hands and the fast up down picking has always been difficult, my touch just isn't quite light enough on the up stroke. I think large strings would help out and Strats just seem to beg for bigger strings imho.

Tazzboy, thanks for the tip. That place looks awesome.


The closest thing I have found to the widely reported 16(or 18)-58 Dick Dale set is a 7 string Ernie Ball Slinky 2620 set. The 1st E string would be of no use to me and I still would need to pick up some plain 16s and 20s.

I've never used the Slinky's. I'll give it a shot unless anyone protests with claims of what rancid garbage they are.
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Have you tried thier house brand singles?
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Nope. I use DR Pure Blues at the moment.
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